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"His ever-present smile and unique sense of humor touched the hearts of many." - His parents
August 1, 1988 – December 21, 1988

United States of America

Seat: 43C

Gary was a junior at S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, returning home for Christmas after a semester studying with SU in London. He leaves his parents, Leonard and Joanne of Melrose, Massachusetts, as well as a sister, Karyn and brother, Paul; paternal grandmother and maternal grandfather.

Gary's hallmark was a zest for life. Talented and enthusiastic, Gary is described as popular, dependable, and humorous by friends and teachers. Gifted in art, he was tutored in various mediums during his elementary school years and in 1985 was the recipient of a certificate of merit from the Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards. At Melrose high school he lettered in soccer and tennis. He was also an avid skier. At SU he majored in advertising. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

Gregarious and energetic, Gary wanted to meet new people and see new things. That curiosity about the world took him to London and travels throughout Europe. "He left a trail of friends wherever he went," said his father.

His parents remember him this way: "Gary Leonard Colasanti is remembered by his family and friends as caring, warm and very special. His ever-present smile and unique sense of humor touched the hearts of many. Gary had a way of noticing what was important to others and doing what he could to make it better. He left us a wonderful legacy - memories of him!"

Remembrance Scholars Representing Gary L. Colasanti

2013-2014
Micki Fahner
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S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Arts & Sciences
Broadcast & Digital Journalism, English & Textual Studies
2012-2013
Amanda Balch
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A&SBiology